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Evacuations Forced by Wildfire in Okla. Grassland (Sep 05, 2011)

INDIAHOMA, Okla. (AP) - Fourteen homes have been evacuated near Indiahoma because of a flare-up of a large grass fire in the Wichita Mountains Wildfire Refuge in southwestern Oklahoma.

Comanche County spokesman Chris Killmer said Monday no injuries had been reported with the blaze in the Charons Garden Wilderness Area of the refuge. About 120 students and four supervisors from a local job training program were moved to an Indiahoma school.

Crews on Sunday brought the fire under control after it destroyed 11 homes and scorched more than 30,000 acres near Meers on the north side of the refuge. Killmer says winds shifted to a northerly direction and caused the fire's remnants to blow southward toward Indiahoma, which is southwest of the refuge.

Meanwhile, crews are battling a fire near Guthrie in central Oklahoma.



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